DREAM recently announced their intention to return with an eight-man bantamweight grand-prix commencing on May 29th, and today they officially announced the opening round match-ups.
Yoshiro Maeda (28-9-2) vs. Hideo Tokoro (27-23-1)
Masakazu Imanari (21-8-2) vs. Keisuke Fujiwara (11-2-4)
Darren Uyenoyama (6-3) vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (14-6-1)
Kenji Osawa (16-9-2) vs. Takafumi Otsuka (11-7-1)
The GP features Japanese fighters only, but the intention is for the top three fighters in the tournament to go on to fight in a world bantamweight GP later in the year.
The May 29th event, which will feature the first two rounds of the GP, will also play host to a number of other familiar faces from DREAM’s previous events such as Shinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen and Mitsuhiro Ishida.